Narrator: Nick Russo
Summary: Skinny, quiet hipster Dylan Warner was the kind of guy other men barely glanced at until an evening’s indiscretion with a handsome stranger turned him into a werewolf. Now, despite a slightly hairy handicap, he just wants to live an ordinary—if lonely—life as an architect. He tries to keep his wild impulses in check, but after one too many close calls, Dylan gives up his urban life and moves to the country, where he will be less likely to harm someone else. His new home is a dilapidated but promising house that comes with a former Christmas tree farm and a solitary neighbor: sexy, rustic Chris Nock.
Dylan hires Chris to help him renovate the farmhouse and quickly discovers his assumptions about his neighbor are inaccurate—and that he’d very much like Chris to become a permanent fixture in his life as well as his home. Between proving himself to his boss, coping with the seductive lure of his dangerous ex-lover, and his limited romantic experience, Dylan finds it hard enough to express himself—how can he bring up his monthly urge to howl at the moon?
This has been on my Wishlist for soon long, it is right up my alley. M/M paranormal/contemporary romance with a shifter? Yes, PLEASE! And I wasn’t disappointed. I knew that I would like this book as long as it was well-execute (and Duh, it’s by Kim Fielding), but I especially enjoyed the audio version. I’m half and half on Nick J Russo narrated books, but I think that’s all down to the writing. Because when I’ve liked him, I’ve really liked him. Truth In The Dark especially, and Under The Rushes, both by Amy Lane. I think I just flat out like his voice, and he emotes well without it ever coming off as overly cheesy or dramatic.
Chris’s southern twang was completely endearing and he charmed the hell out of me. Even when he was dismissive or aloof, he was just transparent enough that the reader knew it was simply out of hurt. He’s a wee bitty marshmallow. At times I was surprised by how deep Dylan’s voice was, but then I felt like it helped to remind me of his wolf. It really did change him, besides leaving his veganism behind, it makes him see the world differently. These were all subtle though.
This story follows Dylan’s life as he decides things aren’t working in the city and perhaps the country will suit his wolf better. We follow him with his realtor when he finds the house and the ensuing renovations he begins with his neighbors help. We watch Dylan and Chris go quickly to lovers and then to friends, then slowly to more. A few low-key secondary characters help to round the story out, without overwhelming. Rick and Kay were sweet and supportive in a way that was necessary in how well Dylan has been handling his new life changes.
It was slow but never felt that way. I loved listening to Dylan and Chris go back and forth whether it was about life, the new kitchen tile, or their feelings. I enjoyed their company.
There is some obvious tension dispersed throughout the story regarding the man who Bit Dylan. While it’s fairly obvious how things will play out, it was still good for dramatic tension and the timing of specific events always kept me guessing.
I went through this audio book very quickly, and that’s generally a good indicator for me how much I liked something. It was fun and sweet and sexy and would be an easy re-listen for me, which is rare.